4-H milkshake sales give boost to programs

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NEW PALTZ– This past Saturday the Ulster County 4-H Program hosted a Drive-thru Safari event at the Ulster County Fairgrounds. 4-H families had the opportunity to come together to showcase their animals and projects as visitors safely drove through the fairgrounds and enjoyed the displays.

Each year 4-H youth have an opportunity to display their year-long projects at the Ulster County Fair. With the event being postponed until 2021 due to the pandemic, 4-H provided a free and safe event for 4-H families and to the public. The event included the famously delicious 4-H milkshakes, served with Gillette Creamery’s vanilla ice-cream and Boice’s fresh dairy milk. The milkshake booth served over 4,000 milkshakes during the event and many generous donations were received, which resulted in much-needed funds for the program.

The event, including the milkshake booth, was staffed by volunteers, 4-H youth, staff from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCE Ulster), and volunteers of the Ulster County Agricultural Society. CCE Ulster and the Ulster County 4-H Program would like to give a special thanks to the Ulster County Agricultural Society who generously donated their time to help with the event and for their ongoing support of the 4-H Youth Program. We’d also like to thank New York Communications Company (NYCOMCO) for their generous donation of radios for use at the event.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County enables people to improve their lives and communities by bringing local experience and researched-based solutions together. The Ulster County 4-H Program offers a variety of engaging opportunities for youth including single-day programs, club programs, after-school programs, trips to Cornell University, youth-led projects, and more! The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active, and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. For more information on the Ulster County 4-H Program contact Melanie Forstrom maf357@cornell.edu and visit us on the web at ulster.cce.cornell.edu/Ulster4H.